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Poster: dark.starz Date: Mar 16, 2012 8:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Matrixes?

Like so many other things in life it boils down to personal choice/taste. Personally, i'm only interested in listening to what's happening on stage, musically.

A Healy Ultrasound matrix recorded at the board and i have no problem with that. My concern is that by combining two different sources of the same performance in a mixing environment creates and adds phase distortion unlike and when compared to the original soundboard recording.

Add to the mix the reality that many audience tapes were recorded on either inexpensive Sony stereo mics or Nakamichi CM-300's. Take the Nakamichi CM-300 for example, a reasonable pedestrian microphone with easily 5% distortion. Add in the boominess, resonance and reverberation of the hall, or worse yet the distance outdoors from the stage to the tapers section and you have a fundamentally flawed recording on many levels, noise.

Not intending to insult Hunter, he seems like a stand up fellow, just expressing my humble opinion. I get that some folks enjoy the sound of the audience tape and how it reminds them of the "show" experience and all, once again, it boils down to personal preference and taste.

If the only available source is an audience recording, the performance is strong and the recording delivers, well ... and there certainly are some solid audience & stage microphone recordings stored here at the archive.

Did you say a pair of Schoeps from the fourth row?


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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Mar 16, 2012 7:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Matrixes?

"Personally, i'm only interested in listening to what's happening on stage, musically."


I'm just curious as to why you chose the AUD for the above show over the SBD.

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Poster: BornEasement Date: Mar 16, 2012 2:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Matrixes?

A bunch of it has to do with era too, for me. 77 shows tend to be well recorded, with full vocals, etc, but those WOS shows have such "hot" sounding vocals and drums 'cause of the feedback-cancelling mics they designed that a matrix really helps fill stuff out. The 80's aren't my specialty... do you suggest good matrixes to help change that?